Chocolate Espresso Brownies and Chocolate Pistachio Brownies

Chocolate Espresso Brownies with Vanilla Cashew Cream
{grain free, dairy free, gluten free, nut free (without the cream), naturally sweetened}
You’re probably thinking, ‘Why is she posting ANOTHER chocolate brownie recipe?? She’s already posted Marike’s Coconut Flour Brownies, Flourless Chocolate Hazelnut Brownies, Nut Butter Chocolate Swirl Brownies, Flourless Chocolate Brownie Cookies, and even Waffle Iron Brownies!!’ Well, I just can’t help myself – I love brownies. And I’m always chasing the elusive recipe for the perfect, healthy, naturally sweetened brownie! Besides, so many people on Facebook begged me to post this after I shared the above photo that I thought I’d better do it, before there was a riot!!! 😉
So for all my fellow chocoholics, here’s my latest gluten free, dairy free, nut free, naturally sweetened brownie recipe – let me know what you think. My recipe testers declared it perfect after my first batch, and wanted me to blog it immediately. I did make it once more though, just to check I had it right the first time… although I made the second batch into Chocolate Pistachio Brownies. YUM! So if you aren’t keen on the espresso idea, try the pistachio variation below instead. And if you can’t have chocolate, you could use carob powder instead of cacao.
These brownies are actually a lot better the second day. When they’re hot, they’re lovely, but the flavour isn’t as rich, and the texture is lighter. So if you can bear it, let them sit for a day (covered, just at room temperature), and they’ll become moister and fudgier and richer tasting. (If you’re like me, only about half of them will get to this stage, though. Ha ha!)
Don’t forget to check out the Chocolate Pistachio variation below, too.
Note: You can find fine sea salt and vanilla powder for this recipe in my online store!
Chocolate Espresso Brownies
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  1. 160g dark, dairy free, sugar free chocolate, chopped
  2. 60g coconut oil
  3. 1 1/2 tsps ground espresso beans (organic de-caffeinated preferred)
  4. 4 eggs
  5. 40g coconut flour
  6. 80g coconut sugar or Rapadura
  7. 1/4 tsp green stevia powder, or 20 drops liquid stevia
  8. 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  9. 1/4 tsp fine Himalayan or Celtic sea salt
  1. Roughly chop chocolate and weigh into Thermomix bowl, with coconut oil
  2. Cook chocolate and oil for 3 minutes at 50C, speed 2
  3. Add remaining ingredients, and mix for 5 seconds on speed 5. Scrape down sides of bowl and re-mix if needed
  4. Pour mixture into a square baking dish greased with coconut oil, and bake at 180C for about 25 minutes, or just until a knife inserted in the centre comes out clean. Don't overcook.
  5. When brownies are cooked, take them out of the oven and bang the dish down on the counter a few times, to make them denser and less 'fluffy'. Allow to cool and serve with vanilla cashew cream or vanilla honey coconut cream
Quirky Cooking
Variation – Chocolate Pistachio Brownies
Follow recipe as above, but omit ground espresso beans and add instead:
– 80g raw pistachios
– 1 tsp ground cinnamon
– 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
Sprinkle the top of the brownie mixture with a little more cinnamon and cardamom before baking.

2 thoughts on “Chocolate Espresso Brownies and Chocolate Pistachio Brownies

  1. Lorraine ILES says:

    Hi I love all yr recipes Jo…..I am on lchf diet at present what cld I substitute for the sugar?

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